Entries by Youth First

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How Trauma Affects a Young Brain

By Jennifer Kurtz, LCSW – Feb. 4, 2020 Prior to working as a Youth First Social Worker I worked with the homeless for 7 years. I helped men, women, and children who were living in cars, hotels, shelters, or with family or friends in overcrowded homes.  While this is not healthy for an adult, it can […]

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Home Bank Awards $15,000 to Youth First, Inc.

Gift Supports the Social and Emotional Needs of Morgan County Students Home Bank has awarded a $15,000 gift to Youth First, Inc. to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of students in Morgan County. The funds will help Youth First protect and heal the hearts of children through its highly impactful model of prevention. For […]

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How to Talk to Your Children About School Safety

By Abby Betz, LSW – January 28, 2020 With high profile acts of violence on the rise, particularly in schools, it is important that parents and caregivers talk with children about these types of incidents and teach them ways to protect themselves.  Schools have been working to prevent violence and make schools safer places for […]

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2020 Passport to Adventure Auction

CLICK HERE to visit the online bidding site for Youth First’s 18th annual Passport to Adventure Auction, which will be held on April 30, 2020 at the DoubleTree Hotel Ballroom in downtown Evansville, IN. All are welcome to attend this FREE and exciting evening that features a live and silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and […]

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Everyday Gratitude Can Improve Your Life

By Leah Lottes , LSW – Jan. 21, 2020 For many, the recent holidays reminded us to be thankful no matter what our circumstances are, focusing on being thankful for what we have rather than what we don’t have. The holidays are a great time to express gratitude. However, expressing gratitude every day is even […]

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Organization is Key to Your Teen’s Success

By Dawn Tedrow, LCSW – January 14, 2020 Many teens struggle with forgetting daily assignments and losing their homework, or they become overwhelmed thinking about the amount of work that needs to be completed. Being unorganized creates tremendous stress for people.  It is important to teach our students good organizational skills to not only reduce […]

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Talking to Your Teen About Substance Use

By Valorie Dassel, LCSW – January 7, 2020 Parenting in this era can be overwhelming. There are many opinions and parenting styles that can be argued.  However, when we are facing drug and alcohol use among our teenagers, there must be an “all hands on deck” approach. It is a community issue that requires parents […]

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Healthy and Human

By Katherine Baker, LCSW – Dec. 31, 2019 As the year closes and a new one begins, many people focus on improving their health and well-being. Being human in a world filled with drama and losses can be exhausting.  All too often human sleep patterns are out of sync, causing many of us to be […]